OX Place holds community consultation on Bertie Park play area

Artist's impression of proposed OX Place development of new affordable homes in Bertie Place Published: Wednesday, 15th February 2023

OX Place is holding a community consultation event to help shape the design of new play facilities at a proposed housing development in Bertie Place.

Oxford City Council’s housing company aims to build 31 affordable homes on the Bertie Place recreation ground, which has been earmarked for housing development since 2013. Its current plans are for 22 council homes let at genuinely affordable social rent and nine sold for shared ownership.

As part of the proposed development, OX Place is committed to providing a new public play area and multi-use games area (MUGA) to replace the recreation ground’s existing equipment.

The community consultation event aims to get the views of children and teenagers using the recreation ground about what they’d like to see in its place.

Take part

OX Place and the council’s Youth Ambition team are holding an informal drop-in at Bertie Park recreation ground between 1pm and 3pm this half-term Friday, 17 February.

To encourage children and their parents to attend, OX Place has leafleted homes in the area with details of the drop-in session.

The event will take a conversational format and will feature the development boards from an earlier community consultation event in November. Anyone who does not want to speak to OX Place or Youth Ambition will be able to take a paper copy of the survey or leave post-it notes on the boards.

At the end of the event OX Place will leave posters in the recreation ground, which will have QR codes for people to scan and take the survey. Online consultation will remain open until Friday 24 February.

Paper copies will also be available from South Oxford Community Centre in Lake Street during staffed opening hours – 9am to 12pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

People completing paper surveys can post their responses through the community centre’s letterbox.

Survey results will help to inform the planning application, which OX Place aims to submit within the next six months.

If planning permission is granted work could start on the new homes in late 2023.


“OX Place aims to build the right homes for Oxford and we always welcome feedback to help shape our plans. And who is better to tell us what play facilities they want to see as part of our proposed development for Bertie Place than the children and teenagers who’ll use them?

“We look forward to seeing people on Friday but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. You’ll be able to complete an online or paper survey and let us know what you think until 24 February.”

Helen Horne, managing director of OX Place